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Healthcare Administration Degree Online

Online Master's Degree:Healthcare Administration

Organizational Leadership

Navigate the Complexities of the Healthcare Industry — The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a Healthcare concentration is designed for current and future leaders in healthcare who need to hone their skills to lead in team-based, diverse settings. Given the often complex and dynamic nature of the healthcare administration field, this concentration seeks to provide the skills necessary to lead positive change in organizations, maintain ethical governance, and increase effectiveness in the day-to-day managing of healthcare departments.

The CLU online healthcare administration master's degree program equips students with the faculties to lead the changing healthcare environment through the development of interpersonal competencies, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning. Students who complete this degree will have learned to examine the foundational models and theories of leadership; to initiate change by applying their learning, develop their own individual leadership style; and understand how to solve complex healthcare administrative issues.

Immersed in constructivist, collaborative online courses, students engage in peer-to-peer exchanges, active participation in discussion forums, and critical dialogue and debate with instructors to prepare them to create sustainable and positive change within the healthcare field.

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Online Master's in Healthcare
20% Expected
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics,
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers
(November, 2018); *From 2016-2026
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The M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Healthcare aligns with the mission of Claremont Lincoln University to produce leaders capable of respecting differences and collaborating with those of different viewpoints to resolve problems:

  • Mindfulness: Apply awareness of self and the multi-faceted perspectives of others to lead in local and global contexts to reach common goals.
  • Conflict Resolution: Assess the cause of conflict in organizational settings and apply strategies to resolve and leverage conflict in diverse environments.
  • Ethics: Lead ethically and responsibly in positions of power in a workplace, community, or organization.
  • Laws & Finances: Identify effective practice in healthcare operations by analyzing the complexity of the finance functions and reimbursement systems and the laws governing regulations.
  • Strategic Communication: Demonstrate the interpersonal and engagement skills necessary for effective leaders to achieve innovative and collaborative resolution to community and organization issues.
  • Strategic Leadership: Articulate and apply the major theories and principles of leadership, conduct analysis and recommend appropriate change strategies.
  • Healthcare Leadership: Evaluate and analyze leadership problems and solutions within the field of healthcare and develop an understanding of the current healthcare reform environment in the US.
  • Action Research: Research, design, develop, and implement a capstone project plan to affect positive change in an organization.
  • Change Management: Synthesize the major theories and principles of leadership and ethics, conduct personal and organizational analysis, and develop behavioral change strategies in healthcare organizations.


Students that are ideal for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a Healthcare concentration include the following career and industry interests:

  • Chief executive officer, department director/manager, health care consultant, health services director/manager, hospital administrator, medical manager or nurse manager/executive and others who have significant responsibility in the healthcare industry.
  • Those from health care delivery, public health, drug and product manufacturing, health care consulting, health management systems, insurance, patient advocacy, and from legal, policy and regulatory settings.
  • Potential workplaces include: ambulatory health care service, community care facility for the elderly, dental office, health clinic, home health care service, hospital, insurance company, medical and diagnostic laboratory or outpatient care center.


A completed Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required to apply to Claremont Lincoln University. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required for enrollment.


The Admissions process has been streamlined for applicants to complete the online application in 15 minutes or less. Unofficial Transcripts and a current Resume or CV are required to be uploaded with the online application. The Enrollment Committee will then review the application and determine an acceptance status within 24 business hours. A determination letter will then be sent, and in return, an acknowledgment of its receipt will be needed. The Admissions, Financial and Student Services Team will finalize any other necessary items to complete Enrollment.

Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to request additional items as deemed necessary by the enrollment committee to determine student readiness for the graduate level workload. Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to accept, provisionally accept, or deny students upon the evaluation of all admission documents.

Required Degree Courses

The Healthcare Administration concentration is taken along with courses from The Claremont Core®. These courses teach the engagement skills necessary to implement the theories and ideas of interfaith action and social justice.

Healthcare Administration Courses

MLH 5301
The Effective Healthcare Leader: Professional Assessment
The Effective Healthcare Leader course was designed to help students assess, develop, and better understand their unique and critical role as leaders in healthcare organizations. Students are introduced to self-assessment exercises and engage in readings and dialogue to help identify strengths, weaknesses, and individual styles of leadership and communication. Personal values and missions are explored and analyzed as students evaluate and assess positive organizational behavior and learn to identify the negative influences of toxic behavior. Strategies to overcome conflict, adversity, and cross-cultural conflict are developed in highly collaborative learning cohorts where students learn from one another's diversity and perspectives. Practical organizational assessment in healthcare leadership strategies are researched and applied through activities and exercises focused on each students' individual contexts. By emphasizing practical skills to identify negative behaviors, determine toxicity in organizational settings, analyze the causes, and devise strategies to overcome them, students receive the grounding and broad skills necessary to be more effective healthcare leaders.
MLH 5302
Exceptional Leadership in Healthcare
The Exceptional Leadership in Healthcare course teaches students about organizational structures and systems, how to lead change and innovation in healthcare through 16 critical competencies, and the foundational models and theories of leadership. Students will learn to apply multiple perspectives when examining complex healthcare issues while also generating possible solutions through well-cultivated self-awareness, a compelling vision, a real way with people, and masterful execution. This course will utilize a variety of teaching strategies, which may include assigned readings, videos, personal reflections and journaling, lectures, group discussions, and case studies to teach students how to become exceptional leaders within the healthcare system.
MLH 5303
The Landscape of Healthcare Operations
This course will examine healthcare finance reimbursement systems. The student will be introduced to reimbursement as a healthcare administrator, and this course provides them with a comprehensive outlook on who the payers are in healthcare, the payment systems in healthcare, basic coding instruction, revenue cycle management, electronic medical record, what fraud and abuse is and how it can have a negative impact on your facility, some key tools that can have a negative impact on your facility if they are not managed daily such as transfer cases and high cost outliers, and tomorrow's trends. The student will also be introduced to the interpreting of financial statements, ratio analysis, and other payment models and payer types such as managed care, commercial insurance, Medicaid and Medicare, pay-for-performance, value based purchasing, and accountable care organizations. Overall, this course will provide the student with the full picture of the mechanics of insurance and reimbursement and the impact they have on the financial aspect of healthcare organizations.
MLH 5304
Healthcare Leadership for Transformation & Change
Leading in complex healthcare organizations requires a variety of skills to achieve effective and efficient healthcare delivery. An understanding of change management, multi-organizational management issues, effective governance structure, and the impact of healthcare reform on health systems is essential. But it also requires the ability to understand and apply the foundational concepts that address healthcare leadership in a global era. In this course, students are introduced to the contemporary research and literature surrounding leadership, as they will critically analyze and discuss theories to develop their leadership abilities as healthcare professionals. Throughout this course, students will examine the notion of leadership as an adaptive art, as a frame for professional proficiency, and as a platform for personal and organizational transformation. Having evaluated the foundational models and theories of leadership through research, reflection, and self-assessment, students will be able to apply their learning to effectively lead within a complex healthcare organization.
MLH 5305
Ethics in Healthcare
Ethics in Healthcare: From Theory to Practice is an examination of the challenges to and opportunities for healthcare leaders to understand the systems around them that will dictate their ability to ethically influence change within those systems. This course has been designed to lay the foundation for thinking critically about ethics through an examination of key questions in ethical theory and ethical practice in healthcare. Students will examine the moral and ethical challenges of leadership, the moral obligations of leaders and followers, and how healthcare leaders can navigate the temptations of power. By reading carefully selected texts from classical and contemporary thinkers, students are exposed to multiple sources of and approaches to ethical reflection that will enhance their own ethical reasoning skills as they critically respond to thought-experiments, contemporary case-studies, and contemporary practices in various spheres of life and work. In addition, this course analyzes how healthcare leaders can convey values through actions, language, and act as exemplary models of character and integrity. The high level of abstraction that is required to discuss ethical theory can prove challenging, especially to those who are new (or relatively new) to the academic study of ethics. However, this course aims to expand students' moral point of view by considering personal ethics, leadership, and the common good, and ethics in different cultural communities—both locally and globally—through various readings and weekly forums to enable them to see more concretely how ethical theory and practice are important components of healthcare leadership.
MCC 5301
Claremont Core — Mindfulness
At Claremont Lincoln, mindfulness is defined as "focused awareness in the present moment and cultivation of compassion in self and others," skills which are essential for sustained human development and broader engagement. To that end, this course involves you first and foremost in practices that cultivate self-awareness, mindful reflection, concentration, empathy and compassion (for self and others). By the end of the course, you will better understand the varieties of mindfulness practice, gain personal experience with practicing mindfulness, and be able to apply mindfulness principles in your personal and professional contexts. You will also begin to explore what issue or context you will engage in your Capstone Action Project (CAP).
MCC 5302
Claremont Core — Dialogue
Effective dialogue is mindful communication that allows shared understanding among diverse constituencies. This course provides critical perspectives and creative activities to increase your communication effectiveness. You will be able to articulate contemporary theories and practices of dialogue to reframe conflict for shared understanding. By the end of the course, you will be able to practice interpersonal, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue in private, professional and public contexts. You also will identify potential dialogue partners around the issue you will address in your CAP.
MCC 5303
Claremont Core — Collaboration
Collaboration is the co-creative dialogue among key stakeholders to develop strategies for positive change. In this course you will learn to develop strategies to engage diverse stakeholders effectively and create conditions for them to synthesize diverse perspectives. This includes the ability to work with people in a collaborative effort, no matter what cultural diversity or social privilege may exist. By the end of the course, you will be able to better manage interpersonal and organizational conflict and lead in a way that leverages intelligence and self-organization. You also will identify and secure commitment from collaborators for your CAP.
MCC 5304
Claremont Core — Change
This course engages students in change-making, which is effective collaboration that generates positive and sustainable impact in society. In this course, you will integrate capacities from across the Claremont Core (mindfulness, dialogue and collaboration) to effectively design a project that positively affects a social situation. You will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of a project to improve it. You will demonstrate these abilities by designing an action plan for your CAP.
MLH 5306
Capstone Action Project
Putting Your Ideas into Action — Your educational experience at Claremont Lincoln University culminates in the Capstone Action Project. This self-directed project draws on your entire educational experience where you research, analyze, and determine appropriate methods and contemporary strategies for designing and implementing initiatives that generate positive social impact.

Capstone Case Study Examples

The Claremont Core®

The Claremont Core Curriculum helps you develop
engagement skills for creating a sustainable impact.

Master's in Healthcare AdministrationIn an increasingly interconnected world, leaders who want to make positive, sustainable change need to develop the critical perspectives and collaborative skills necessary to reach across traditional barriers of ideology, culture, and faith. At CLU, we put development of these capabilities at the center of our degree programs. The result is the Claremont Core®, a sequence of four innovative courses. Progress through the Core takes you through a process of self-awareness and steadily evolves towards engagement with others and society at large. Learn More.

CLU's Online Programs Advantages

Claremont Lincoln's master's degree programs all have the distinct advantage of being 100% online, providing the flexibility to determine how and when coursework is performed. CLU master's degree programs can be completed in 15 months at a low cost of $15,000. In addition, the Admissions process has been streamlined for convenience. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required to apply or be admitted.

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Online Master's in Healthcare Management$15k Total
Online Master's in Hospital Administration100% Online
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CLU is a Nonprofit University

Claremont Lincoln University is a non-profit, "online-by-design", graduate university providing socially conscious education and multiplying social impact through the work of its students in the world.

As a nonprofit university, Claremont Lincoln University is focused on the student's learning experience as well as their career success. Funds received from donations, endowments and tuition go directly to curriculum and to enriching our students' education.

Since CLU is both online and nonprofit, the university is able to serve students who are not well served by traditional institutions and universities— allowing the university to deliver the innovative education its founder and benefactor David C. Lincoln envisioned.


Best Online Master's in Healthcare Administration

Claremont Lincoln University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001.

The Commission has confirmed that Claremont Lincoln University has satisfactorily addressed the Core Commitments to Student Learning and Success; Quality and Improvement; and Institutional Integrity, Sustainability, and Accountability and is found to be in substantial compliance with the WSCUC Standards of Accreditation.

To obtain a copy of Claremont Lincoln University's WASC accreditation, please contact:

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes
Accreditation Liaison Officer

State Licensures

Claremont Lincoln University has entered into a complaint agreement for private non-profit institutions with the California Bureau of Post-Secondary Education (BPPE).

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Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

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Sacramento, CA. 95833

Chief Complaint Unit
Phone: 916-431-6959
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Fax: 916-263-1897

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What Students Are Saying About CLU

Here is what some of our current and past students are saying about Claremont Lincoln University. We are committed to being a student-centered community and are proud of how we have continued to establish dialogue and long-lasting relationships with our graduates by showcasing their action-oriented and impactful work across the globe.

Top Online Master's in Healthcare Administration
Kathy Trujillo
Master's of Organizational Leadership: Ethics '16

"In speaking to the CLU core, every student can expect an emersion in developing skills that will enhance personal leadership and self awareness. I hope that CLU meets every students' expectations with a bit of surprise and magic mixed in.

"I am a lifelong learner and am convinced that our reward is commensurate with our effort. Some students will just want to be able to place an M.A. after their name while others are seeking ways to change the world. With the mix of world class professors and an exemplary cohort, I believe students will not finish the program in the same mindset that they started. Everything fit together so perfectly and the scaffolding made the entire program manageable.

"I am most proud of heeding the prompt to "reinvent" myself during the 18-month program and to put my energy in an environment where I can make a difference."

Affordable Online Master's in Healthcare Administration
Midori Meyer
Master's in Social Impact  '15

"The Master's of Social Impact program taught me to take a grassroots approach to development."

Online Graduate School Healthcare Administration
Ely Flores
Master's in Social Impact '15

"Prospective students can expect to be challenged to grow as leaders, collaborators, and change-makers in their field and sector. The knowledge provided by the Social Impact program combines high level theoretical and critical thinking with practical grassroots implementation of learning and tools. This program equips students to become transformational leaders.

"In addition to growing academically, personally, and professionally, I hope students gain a community of thought partners and allies rooted in the mission of social change, love, and justice."

Meet Our Faculty

Many hard working professionals contribute to a Claremont Lincoln University education. Here are just a few of the great faculty and staff that you will meet at CLU:

Lisa Wright, Ph.D., Faculty Chair

Dr. Wright has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy, a Master's Degree and Ph.D. in Special Education, all from the University of Missouri. Dr. Wright is a Faculty Leader for the University of Missouri Service Learning program where she leads students in service learning in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In addition, Dr. Wright serves as a reviewer for several professional organizations and journals and is a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for the state of Florida and teaches ballet as a volunteer to young children with disabilities.

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Greg Bock, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Gregory L. Bock, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of philosophy and religion at The University of Texas at Tyler and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. His research includes medical ethics and the ethics of forgiveness. He has published articles on various topics, including Jehovah's Witnesses and blood transfusions, surrogate decision-making, and miracles.

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Jeffrey Cervantez, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Jeffrey Cervantez, Ph.D. is the faculty chair of the healthcare concentration at Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) and has been a faculty member with CLU since 2015. Jeff has also taught in the Masters of Ethical Leadership program at CLU. Dr. Cervantez is an associate professor at Crafton Hills College, has broad research interests ranging from bioethics, leadership, and politics and has published essays in ethics and leadership.

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